CONCORD, N.C. – Tony Stewart believes he has an open-ended offer from Roger Penske to run the Indianapolis 500.
The three-time NASCAR champion turned down Penske’s offer in December to drive one of his cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but Stewart revealed Monday he told The Captain over dinner he’d like to revisit the offer down the road.
Stewart is an Indiana native and former IndyCar series champion who grew up dreaming of winning the Indy 500. He ran it five times and finished a career-best fifth in 1997.
Stewart twice attempted to run both the Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day: In 1999, he was ninth at Indy and fourth at Charlotte, and he was sixth at Indy and third at Charlotte in 2001.
He hasn’t tried Indianapolis since.
IndyCar tweaks four events
IndyCar changed the distances of four races in an effort to discourage fuel-mileage racing. The announcement changes the lengths of races at St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Milwaukee and Mid-Ohio. St. Pete will increase by 10 laps to 110, or 198 total miles. Long Beach is decreasing by five laps to 80, for 157.4 miles. Milwaukee is adding 25 laps to 250, for 250 miles, and Mid-Ohio is increasing five laps to 90 for 203 miles.
6-5 forward enrolls at IPFW
Rashad Richardson, a 6-foot-5 swingman from Lafayette, has enrolled at IPFW and will be eligible to play with the Mastodons next season. Richardson, who averaged 23.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.4 steals with Lafayette Jeff in 2011, comes to IPFW from Kiski prep school in Saltsburg, Pa. He will be eligible to practice with the team the remainder of this season and will begin his freshman year of eligibility next season.
Butler’s top scorer to miss 3rd game
No. 9 Butler will play without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke on Wednesday at LaSalle. Coach Brad Stevens said Clarke will miss his third straight game with a severely sprained neck. No decision has yet been made about Saturday’s home game against Temple.
Ohio State reworks Matta’s contract
Ohio State coach Thad Matta agreed to a revised contract that will give him a 10 percent increase to more than $3.2 million annually and includes academic bonuses and more stringent wording about NCAA violations.
Bulls’ Rose close to full practice
Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose could be going through full-contact drills in practice this week as he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee.
Coaches honor Canterbury player
Trent VanHorn’s 46-point effort in a Canterbury victory over Clinton Christian helped the 6-foot-3 senior to be named the Indiana Basketball Coaches’ Association Player of the Week. VanHorn added 26 points in a loss to Snider to give him a 36-point average over two games. Also, Warsaw junior Nikki Grose was also honored as the IBCA Player of the Week. Grose averaged 16.5 points and 10 rebounds in a pair of wins that kept the Tigers girls team unbeaten through 17 games.
Armstrong probe delayed by snow
The panel investigating links between cycling’s governing body and Lance Armstrong postponed its first hearing because of snow in London. The International Cycling Union’s independent commission will hold its procedural hearing in London on Friday instead of today.
Paterno memorial planned for today
Community residents in State College, Pa., scheduled a vigil today to remember former Penn State coach Joe Paterno a year after his death. A family spokesman said the family won’t be involved and intends to remain in privacy. Paterno died of lung cancer on Jan. 22, 2012, at age 85, two months after being fired by the school in the aftermath of the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Donovan intends to play this season
Landon Donovan will return to the Los Angeles Galaxy for the upcoming MLS season, but exactly when he resumes playing hasn’t been decided. Coach Bruce Arena said the Galaxy captain has been given more time off. After the Galaxy won the MLS Cup in November, Donovan said he had mental fatigue after playing 49 games in 48 weeks.